October and November 2011 Featured ArtistOur featured artist this month is Danielle Swaser.
I am native to Minnesota and moved to the Pacific Northwest in 2008. I graduated from Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a Minor in Studio Art. For as far back as I can remember I have had a passion for art. Throughout my life I have taken every opportunity I could to submerge myself in all forms of art, from drawing, painting and photography to ceramics and sculpture. I have recently been focusing on paining and drawing. My mediums of choice are oils, charcoal, and pencil.
My ideas come from what I encounter in my walk through life. My Latvian grandpa was a huge influence on how I feel about nature and my connection with it. He taught me to have both fascination and respect for it. As a result of the wonderful influence my grandpa had on me, I generally pick subject matter that represents the cycle of life and the interrelationship of all living beings in the natural world. To represent this, I love to use trees.
I usually create works using photos that I have taken and scenes that I find esthetically pleasing. I use photographs because they bring back meaningful memories from my life. I am motivated to craft a work that I\’m pleased with because it gives me a feeling of accomplishment and helps me to center myself and rejuvenate my positive energy. I feel amazing when I finish a piece because I am able to see the end product of my whole therapeutic and creative process.